Terraforming Earthworks for a Water Retention Landscape

August 13, 2021 @ 5:00 am August 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Join us for a unique permaculture design earthworks experience! This workshop will give you firsthand insights into design considerations and principles based on clients objectives. We will explain stages of the design process, from observation, working with the client, through to the final design and real live implementation on the property over the weekend.  This workshop will cover reading the landscape for water retention and management. Diving into, Mapping, ponds, swales, reed-beds, terraces, key line design, implementation cover cropping and guild planting. This will be a hands-on workshop/installation, with earth moving equipment and lasers! OUTLINE:
  • Day one will be introductions and an overview of the design considerations and the scope of the project. A site tour assessing information on, water, soils, access, structural positions, slope, orientation, zoning and sectors. 
  • Day two, we will demonstrate how to work with earthworks machine operators to achieve desired permaculture design goals.  Exercises in designing watersheds and a variety of strategies used.
  • Day three we will fine tune aspects of the project and install cover crop and some of the food forest guilds. This workshop is intended to help you to become a more confident earthwork installer. You will get familiar with the equipment and strategies used to efficiently get the job done.
  • WHAT YOU CAN LEARN: Site Observation Skills, Site Assessment Process, Design Evolution Process, Earthworks Process, Design and Work Methodology, Site Restoration with Cover Crops and Guild Planting considerations.
  PROJECT BRIEF: This workshop will implement a permaculture master plan by converting old pasture with invasive grasses into a diversified food forest. The project will encompass 5 of 20 acres. Over time the property will be used to host an educational center for nature based early childhood education and multi-generational skill building workshops focused on sustainable methods of food production and preservation. The long-term goal is to provide opportunities for the local community and visitors to reconnect with each other and nature while cultivating more harmonious and resilient relationships. Lead Instruction by Brian Kerkvliet co-steward of Inspiration Farm and a 15 year Permaculture practitioner, designer, consultant. A Student of Geoff Lawton in design methodologies and earthworks for Permaculture projects. Brian has designed and installed numerous projects around the county. When: August Friday 13th 12pm through Sunday 15th 4pm Where:  Facilitated on location at the client’s property, between Sumas and Kendall Wa. — Saar Creek Farms—  Camping available and Meals provided Cost: $450 |  Register before July 1st for the Early bird discount $375 Space is limited. Payment due upon registration. Limited Work trade and discounts available.

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For information on the course please contact Brian at Inspiration Farm or call 360-319-2029 For information on camping, food, the project site please contact Connor or call 360-489-8098


August 13, 2021 @ 5:00 am
August 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am
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Brian Kerkvliet
Connor Harron

Sumas, Wa

cross creek Rd.
Sumas, WA 98229 United States
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PDC 2020 Bodhi Creek Farm

Forth weekend of the PDC 2020 June 12-14, 2020

Bodhi Creek is a small intentional community aspiring to be an Ecovillage and a Healing Biotope. The 3-legged stool of our vision includes: living more harmoniously with Nature, residential intentional community, learning center. Our ecologically diverse site straddles mountainside and wetlands on 25 acres, halfway between the snow and the coast. We are adjacent to thousands of acres of state forest lands.

What does your site has to offer the PDC course and its students?

This site presents some fascinating challenges of large deciduous over story which is rich habitat for migratory songbirds. Our community also faces some conundrums and challenges regarding topics such as zoning. We have some interesting agroecokogy projects (wasabi in the woods?) and a young food forest.

Contact Information for Bodhi Creek Farm

Alan Rafael Seid 360-599-2134 www.bodhicreek.org